Week 20 of the Telstra 2018 NRL Premiership competition is upcoming.
One of the matches that seem to hold a lot of promise will be on Friday, when the Brisbane Broncos meet the Cronulla Sharks at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane.
Both clubs have fallen off somewhat in 2018. There is some measure of turmoil in Brisbane as well, as Wayne Bennett is off contract in 2019 and the rumours surrounding his potential successor have had to have been a distraction. They have also suffered from no longer having Ben Hunt to make plays. Word on the street, for what it is worth, is that the Broncos are interested in bringing in Nathan Cleary to prop up the ranks, with his dad Ivan Cleary’s name being bandied as the coach to follow Bennett.
As this is being prepared, the Broncos and the Sharks are in positions where a loss could be costly, so far as playing finals is concerned.
Another one that deserves a look is the game between the Melbourne Storm and the Canberra Raiders. Canberra is not having the strongest of campaigns, but they are chasing a finals spot, playing last year’s premiers in the bargain, so they might be ready to put on a display at AAMI Park.
The capper to the round, however, would have to be the game between the Sydney Roosters and the St. George Illawarra Dragons at Allianz Stadium.
As of this moment, only six premiership points separate the two clubs. The Dragons have been getting it done consistently, at least in terms of winning, but they cannot afford to relax, as the Melbourne and South Sydney are hot on the Dragons’ tail, so this game has the look of a potential stumble by St. George or an ambush by the Roosters, who will have the home ground edge.